John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

Loving Gay People

I love gay people, and I believe God loves gay people as well. In fact, I could remove the word “gay” from that sentence, and I believe it would be just as true. I do not believe God loves gay people less because of their gayness than he loves the rest of us for whatever sin we have in our lives. But that last bit is kind of a sticking point, isn’t it?

See, I linked their gayness with sin, and that’s a problem for some folks. They don’t think being gay is a sin. I do.

Let me refine that a little. I do not believe same-sex intercourse is permissible for a Christian, and I do not believe gay marriage is a viable option for followers of Jesus. I voted in favor of the now infamous Proposition 8 in California because I believe marriage is a sacramental term – the origins of the word are found in the church, and it has always, always, always meant a binding, covenental relationship between a man and a woman.

I depart from many other Christians in believing that two GLBT people should be given equal protection and rights under the law – perhaps in the form of a civil union. Issues of shared property rights, medical decisions and insurance claims make for something of a legal minefield otherwise.

In fact, I think the only way forward in our pluralistic and post-Christian culture is for the government to get out of the business of deciding who can and cannot be married. I say the government should grant civil unions to everyone and let churches decide who can and cannot be married.

But I digress.

My point in here is to state for the record where I stand on the issue of homosexuality, and that's what I plan to do...tomorrow. But before I do, a few ground rules.

Please remember that this is my personal blog and no one is forcing anyone to read this. I'm not going to tell you what you should believe about this issue; I'm simply going to tell you what I believe about it and why. I'm really not looking for a fight or an argument, and if the rhetoric gets too heated or pointed or personal, I will not hesitate to delete comments at will.

Healthy and civil disagreement is fine and dandy. Flame-throwing is unacceptable. This conversation, like all conversations, should take place within the context of love or it should not take place at all.